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  • 22 November, 2022

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Arvind Virmani: Full-time Member of NITI Aayog

Arvind Virmani: Full-time Member of NITI Aayog

  • Dr. Arvind Virmani, a senior economist, was recently appointed as a full-time member of the NITI Aayog by the government.
  • Dr V K Saraswat, Professor Ramesh Chand, and Dr V K Paul are the current members.

About the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)

  • It was established in 2015 to replace the Planning Commission.
  • It is an Executive Body (acts as a think tank and advisory body) with the goal of continuously fostering the spirit of cooperative and competitive federalism through structured support initiatives.

NITI Aayog's membership is as follows:

  • Chairperson: India's Prime Minister
  • The Governing Council is made up of the Chief Ministers of all Indian states and the Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories.
  • The governing council of the NITI Aayog is the premier body tasked with developing a shared vision of national priorities and strategies with the participation of the states and union territories.
  • It provides a forum for inter-sectoral, inter-departmental, and federal issues to be discussed.
  • Regional Councils will be established to address specific issues and possibilities that affect more than one state.
  • These will be formed for a set period of time and summoned by the Prime Minister.
  • These will be presided over by the NITI Aayog's Chairperson or his nominee.
  • Guests of honour: The Prime Minister will appoint eminent experts and specialists with relevant domain knowledge.

Full-time organisational structure:

  • Vice-Chairperson: Prime Minister as Chairperson (appointed by the Prime Minister)


  • Full-time
  • Part-time members on a rotational basis: Maximum of 2 members from foremost universities, leading research organizations, and other innovative organizations in an ex-officio capacity.

Ex Officio members:

  • Maximum of 4 members of the Council of Ministers which is to be nominated by the Prime Minister.

Chief Executive Officer:

  • The CEO will be appointed by the Prime Minister for a fixed tenure. He will be in the rank of Secretary to the Government of India.

Key Initiatives and Recent Achievements:

  • Aspirational Districts Scheme.
  • 3 Documents: 3-year action agenda, 7-year medium-term strategy paper and 15-year vision document.
  • Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) programme in India
  • Promoted Zero Budget Natural Farming.
  • Promoting ‘Bhartiya Prakritik Krishi Paddhati’ programme under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY).
  • Village Storage Scheme

Achievements of Arvind Virmani:

  • He served as the Chief Economic Advisor in the Ministry of Finance during the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government from 2007-09.
  • He was a member of the Reserve Bank of India’s Technical Advisory Committee on Monetary Policy from February 2013 to August 2016.
  • He has also served at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC.

He has written several books:

  • The Sudoku of India’s Growth.
  • From Unipolar To Tri polar World: Multi-polar Transition Paradox.
  • Propelling India from Socialist Stagnation to Global Power.
  • Accelerating Growth and Poverty Reduction – A Policy Framework for India’s Development.

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